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Daily Dashboard | How spies used hardware to infiltrate the US tech supply chain Related reading: Notes from the IAPP, May 17, 2019


An article for Bloomberg Businessweek reports on how Chinese spies were able to compromise America’s technology supply chain and reach almost 30 U.S. companies with a piece of hardware smaller than a grain of rice. Based on interviews with both government and corporate sources, the article states, “This attack was something graver than the software-based incidents the world has grown accustomed to seeing.” According to those familiar with the matter, microchips implanted in servers’ motherboards allowed attackers to create a doorway into any network. Joe Grand, a hardware hacker and the founder of Grand Idea Studio, said, “Hardware is just so far off the radar, it’s almost treated like black magic.”
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